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Dr. Cyano's Basic BuildCraft Machines

I made this mod to give BuildCraft a larger role in basic Minecraft play by introducing machines and tools that improve upon vanilla machines and tools. This is similar to Thermal Expansion, but not nearly as ambitious. I don't intend to introduce new ores or engines, just some easy-to-use machines that let you throw BuildCraft energy at typical vanilla Minecraft gameplay activities. If you play with BuildCraft in 1.6, please give this mod a shot and post your feedback here!  :D



2013-11-15: added BCTools compatibility and added the Oil Lamp and Oil Can

2013-11-2: added the light box. I now consider this mod mature, though there are still a few more things on the to-do list.

2013-10-31: added tools that are rechargeable with BuildCraft energy (MJ) and a Charger block for recharging them (screenshots coming soon).



This mod is still a work in progress. Here's the TODO list (- = not done, ~ = half-done, + = done):

+ Basic Machine Frame: item used in all machine recipes from this mod (can also be placed as a neat-looking block)

+ Iron Furnace: A furnace powered by MJ

+ Storage Cell: A block that stores MJ

X Sorter: uses a filter to divert specific items from a transport pipe network without the complication (or customization) that most other mods introduce (removed from planning because the diamond transport pipe is better than what I had in mind)

+ Light Box: MJ-powered torch

+ Pneumatic Drill: Buildcraft-powered pickaxe

+ Pneumatic Saw: Buildcraft-powered axe

+ Pneumatic Gun: Buildcraft-powered bow

+ Charger: Recharge items that use BuildCraft energy (like the above pneumatic tools)

+ Lamp: Oil-powered torch

- Growth Chamber: uses MJ and water to grow crops

- Composter: turns waste items into mulch, which can be used as fertilizer









Basic Machine Frame

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This block's primary role is as a crafting ingredient for all of the other machines in this mod. The config file lets you enable an alternative crafting recipe in case this one conflicts with another mod.


Iron Furnace

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The Iron Furnace uses BuildCraft energy to cook items. The interface shows a temperature dial. The more energy you give the Iron furnace, the hotter it gets. The hotter it gets, the faster it smelts (although it becomes a little less energy efficient). However, the Iron Furnace needs to reach a minimum operating temperature to cook. If the dial is in the blue, then it is not hot enough to cook anything.


When hooked up to a single Stirling Engine (the BuildCraft engine that burns coal for energy), the Iron Furnace is slightly faster and more efficient than a vanilla Minecraft furnace, but only when smelting more than 20 items (otherwise, the time it takes to heat-up contradicts the increased speed).


A redstone comparator attached to an Iron Furnace outputs a signal proportional to the number of items in the input slot of the Iron Furnace. Applying a redstone signal to this machine disables it (you can put a lever directly on this block). The use of this is demonstrated below in the Storage Cell section.


Storage Cell

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The Storage Cell stores up to 10 000 MJ (exact number subject to change). The top and bottom (blue) are input and the sides (red) are output. The interface uses a dial to show the amount of charge and two linear gauges to show how much current is flowing in (left, blue tick) and out (right, red tick). Applying a redstone signal stops the Storage Cell from sending out energy, but does not stop it from receiving energy. A redstone comparator attached to the Storage Cell will put out a signal proportional to the charge of the storage cell. Picking up a storage cell discharges it.


The utility of this block is demonstrated in the images below. In this build, the stirling engines are automatically activated to recharge the Storage Cell, which only outputs energy when there are sufficient items in the Iron Furnace ready to be smelted.





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The Charger uses BuildCraft energy to recharge pneumatic tools. The energy per point of charge is very high (8 by default, configurable), keeping the rechargeable tools from being overpowered. You can feed-in items that need to be recharged with a hopper/pipe. When the item is fully charged, a hopper underneath the charger (or a wooden transport pipe) will take the item out. A redstone comparator next to this machine will output a signal proportional to the level of charge of the tool inside. Like all machines in this mod, you can stick a lever directly on the block and disable it with a redstone signal.


You can use the charger with other mods by adding the item ID of repairable/rechargeable items as a comma separated list in the


property of the config file (e.g.


will make all gold tools repairable in the charger).


Light Box

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The light box simply uses a small amount of BuildCraft energy to light-up an area. You can use is as an indicator or pair it with a storage cell to make a long term lighting system. Like all machines in this mod, you can stick a lever directly on the block and disable it with a redstone signal.


Oil Lamp

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Oil Lamps are light-emitting blocks that require oil or fuel to burn. You can turn the lamp on or off by clicking the flame icon in the GUI, as shown below:

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The item slot to the left of the fluid level indicator is for adding oil via buckets and the slot on the right is for removing oil.


One bucket of oil will burn for roughly 1 hour while 1 bucket of fuel lasts 5 times longer. Use the Oil Can item (described below in the tools section) to collect the oil/fuel from the lamp before breaking it down.







Oil Can

The oil can is like a bucket, but it allows you to transport fractional fluid volumes. Right-clicking on a block of fluid or tank (including the Oil Lamp) will suck up all of the fluid in the target, up to 1 bucket. If less than 1 bucket was drawn, a damage indicator bar shows you how much is left in the can. Right-clicking on a block that accepts fluids (such as a tank) will dispense 1/10th of a bucket into that block. When you dispense the last of the fluid from the oil can, it becomes an empty oil can again.


Note that some BuildCraft machines (most notably the Combustion Engine) do not let you pull fluid out.


Pneumatic Motor

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This item is the crafting component used in all of the tool recipes in this mod. It does nothing by itself.


Pneumatic Hammer

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The pneumatic hammer is a rechargeable pickaxe that has a digging rate equivalent to a diamond pickaxe. Pneumatic tools cannot be enchanted with magic, so think twice before investing your diamonds.


Note that this tool does not start off with a full charge and needs to be charged in the Charger machine after crafting for it to be effective.


Pneumatic Saw

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The pneumatic saw is the rechargeable equivalent to an axe. It chops wood very quickly, a must have for any BuildCraft lumberjack. Pneumatic tools cannot be enchanted with magic, so think twice before investing your diamonds.


Note that this tool does not start off with a full charge and needs to be charged in the Charger machine after crafting for it to be effective.


Pneumatic Gun

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The pneumatic gun rapidly fires arrows, though it is not quite as powerful as a fully drawn bow. Requires arrows to fire. Pneumatic tools cannot be enchanted with magic.


Note that this tool does not start off with a full charge and needs to be charged in the Charger machine after crafting for it to be effective.






For Minecraft 1.6.4 (Forge version CyanosBasicMachines-0.5.0.zip

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License/Mod Packs/Redistribution

This mod is open source and developed under the Minecraft Mod Public License: http://www.mod-build...om/MMPL-1.0.txt. You may do whatever you like with it, but remember to give credit to me (Cyanobacterium aka Dr. Cyano aka Synechocystis).


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